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Talon For Twitter Update Adds The New Embedded Retweet Feature Before The Official App

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 03:06 PM PDT

unnamed (1) Twitter has been giving Android users the cold shoulder repeatedly over the last few weeks: first with the new Periscope app, then with improved Vine video quality, and finally with the new embedded retweet format. All three came to iOS first and are only "coming soon" to Android. Developer Jacob Klinker ain't havin' none of that: the new retweet format is now active in the popular Talon for Twitter client, well before the feature has been rolled out to the official Twitter app.

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Talon For Twitter Update Adds The New Embedded Retweet Feature Before The Official App was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Here are the Android 5.1 factory images for Nexus devices, and a guide to using them

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 02:52 PM PDT

Google has released the first batch of factory images for the newly-announced Android 5.1 Lollipop for most capable Nexus devices.

Currently there are factory images available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 2012 (Wifi and 3G), Nexus 10 and even Nexus Player — but we're still waiting on the Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 9, sadly.

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YouTube outs upcoming subscription plans in email to partners

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 02:52 PM PDT

Google is planning to roll out a monthly subscription service for YouTube, according to an email sent out to partners today.

The subscription service would provide an ad-free version of YouTube for a monthly fee, part of which would be shared with partners as another source of revenue.

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Get a free Motorola Hint with off-contract Moto X purchase through April 14th

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 02:48 PM PDT

Moto_Hint_2014_Event_01_TA Motorola unveiled the Moto Hint last year as an option for someone that wanted a completely hands-free way to interact with their phone. It's one of the most advanced Bluetooth headsets on the market, which mostly justifies its high $150 price tag.

If you've been eyeing the Hint but haven't wanted to drop that much cash on a cell phone accessory, you might be interested the newest deal Motorola is offering. From now until the 14th, if you buy an off-contract Moto X, they'll toss in a Hint, completely free. The only catch is that it does have to be an off-contract device, so you won't be able to use a carrier upgrade to qualify. But with the new Moto X starting at just $499, it's not a bad deal.

Hit the link if you want to get started on customizing a Moto X with a matching headset.

source: Motorola

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Google announces Android Wear watch faces exceed 1,000 and new straps are here

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 02:48 PM PDT


On the same day that Apple Watch reviews are being published online, Google has made an announcement regarding Android Wear. The wearables platform, which currently focuses solely on smartwatches, now offers more than 1,000 watch faces to its users. Google proudly says there is "a watch face for everyone." Notice the abundance of them featured in the mosaic above. Watches faces cover fashion, fun, and information.

Adding to the overall style of any Android Wear smartwatch is the wider selection of straps. Most of the devices available with Android Wear support the standard 22mm bands, so Google has highlighted options from select strap makers. This week, the Google Store will have a curated set of options for consumers to choose from.

Hit the break for a look at some of the new straps.


Source: Official Android Blog

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How to get better battery life on the Moto X (2014)

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 02:06 PM PDT

The Moto X's battery is on the smaller side, but it can still get the job done.

The Moto X will get you through the day if you handle it well, but after one too many close calls rushing for your charger when that warning tone plays its grating notes, you may be wondering how you can keep your phone alive just a little longer to get you through the day. Maybe after months of hard usage, your Moto X just isn't quite keeping a charge as long as it used to. While quick-charging can help get your Moto X energized enough to play for a few hours quickly, here's what you can do to keep that battery going.

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Xiaomi just sold 2.12 million smartphones in 12 hours

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 02:06 PM PDT

[APK Download] Amazon Prime Music Version 4.4 Adds Streaming Stations With No Ads And Unlimited Skips

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 02:06 PM PDT

unnamed Amazon's Prime Music service is demonstrably behind competitors like Spotify and Google Play Music. Maybe that's why it's thrown in with Amazon Prime (which most people get for the shipping discounts) as a freebie. But never let it be said that Amazon rests on its laurels when it comes to new features: the latest update to Prime Music adds streaming music stations, like... well, like just about every other music service at this point.

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[APK Download] Amazon Prime Music Version 4.4 Adds Streaming Stations With No Ads And Unlimited Skips was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Motorola's latest deal includes a free Moto Hint with the purchase of an off-contract Moto X

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 01:53 PM PDT

Yet another promotion is available from Motorola for the Moto X, this time including a free Moto Hint.

Motorola's latest deal, in their never-ending series of deals, couples a free Moto Hint along with the purchase of an off-contract Moto X. More times than not the Moto X is on sale, but this time they are including a Moto Hint with the purchase.

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iTranslate Voice lands on Android with support for over 40 languages

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 01:53 PM PDT

iTranslate Voice is now available for Android, ready to help you communicate in over 40 languages.

iTranslate Voice will translate your speech into another language, much like Google Translate, though without the language detection.

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Android Central Photo Contest: Cold

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 01:53 PM PDT

We're back again with a new photo contest this week, and you may notice that we've changed the title of this post from the standard "Weekly Photo Contest" — that's because we're moving to photo contests that last two weeks, starting today. We're keeping the same format and contest rules, simply running for two weeks. That gives everyone twice as long to take and submit a single photo for the contest, and also gives us a chance to give out more (and better) prizes each contest, while also making sure winners get them in a timely manner after they win.

Now with those formalities out of the way, let's get to this contest's prompt — "cold." Now you don't have to live in a cold climate to take a picture for this contest, but you may have to think outside the box to get something interesting. We can't wait to see the chilly photos you take this week.

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LG will let 4,000 people test the LG G4 for 30 days before its release

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 01:49 PM PDT

lg g4 event invite

What better way to judge the worth of your flagship smartphone than to let people who plan to buy one test it out ahead of launch? LG's taking the chance to do that for the LG G4, as the company has announced that they'll be letting 4,000 lucky people test the phone for 30 days ahead of its launch.

Folks in 14 different countries are eligible, including Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, United States, China, India, Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong.

So what do you have to do to get a chance? We're not exactly sure just yet. LG says you'll have to apply and they'll pick 4,000 people based on their response, and you'll also get to increase your chances by sharing those responses on various social networks. What sort of response, exactly, they didn't say, but we're told to keep an eye out on their social network accounts over the next couple of days for more details.

Being able to test out a major flagship device before its launch by writing some words? Not a bad deal, even if it's only for 30 days. And who knows? Perhaps you'll end up liking it enough to buy one once they're finally available. LG has confirmed that the LG G4 will be fully unveiled April 28th, so stay tuned to see what's in store.

[via LG]

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Leaked Galaxy S6 prototype hints at upcoming dual-SIM model

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 06:45 AM PDT

Samsung's latest flagships gets dual-SIM slots. Photo: Toranji If dual-SIM card slots are a must for you, many of the latest flagships are going to be unsuitable. But a leaked Samsung prototype suggests the South Korean company is working on a dual-SIM version of its new Galaxy S6, and it's going to be just as good as the original. Samsung often follows up

The post Leaked Galaxy S6 prototype hints at upcoming dual-SIM model appeared first on Cult of Android.

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April Android distribution numbers reveal Lollipop and KitKat growth

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 06:31 AM PDT

Google has released April's Android distribution numbers, its report on which Android devices are running what. The information is gathered by tracking what version of Android a device uses when it utilizes the Google Play Store. The good news about this month's report is that Lollipop grew by 2.1%, bringing it to control 5.4% of the Android pie, up from last month's 3.3%.

KitKat also grew, going from 40.9% to 41.4%. Jelly Bean dropped from 42.6% to 40.7% while Ice Cream Sandwich shrunk ever so slightly from 5.9% to 5.7%. Gingerbread dropped from 6.9% to 6.4% and Froyo continues to hang on at just 0.4%. Versions with less than 0.1% aren't displayed, so while there may still be a few Honeycomb devices out there, they're not prevalent enough to factor in.

This month's changes weren't all too significant, but it's good to see that Lollipop is continuing to grow, even if still only makes up a small portion of the overall total. Check back next month to see the latest results!

April Android Distribution Numbers

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KitKat beats out Jelly Bean for the first time, as Lollipop gathers steam – April data

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 06:27 AM PDT

$180 Huawei SnapTo goes on sale April 9 via Amazon

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 06:27 AM PDT

Android 5.1 rolling out now to the HTC One M8 Google Play Edition

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 05:48 AM PDT

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Google Play Edition devices were a great idea that might not have taken off like Google would have liked. That hasn't stopped them from updating GPe devices to the latest version of Android. A user over on XDA Forums has posted a screenshot of his HTC One M8 GPe receiving the Android 5.1 update.

m8 5.1

The update comes in at 244MB large. Google says the update includes improves performance and stability and fixes bugs. Android 5.1 also includes tweaks in the way notifications are handled, as well as some other little changes that users will appreciate. HTC or Google hasn't said anything about this rollout, so don't expect all devices to get it right away. Keep your eyes peeled.

The OTA file has been posted on this website if you're interested. Do we have any HTC One M8 GPe users? Have you received the update yet?

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Android Lollipop now on 5.4 percent of devices

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 05:22 AM PDT

The slow march to Lollipop continues, with Android 5.1 just starting to show up on the chart.

Google's monthly version number check-in has arrived, and to the surprise of no one the chart shows slight moves all across the board. Multiple batches of Android 5.0 updates and last minute deals on current generation handsets — in preparation for the release of phones like the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 — have created a larger push into Lollipop than the previous months. Meanwhile, the minor release of Android 5.1 has created a new API level on the chart to keep an eye on.

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Latest video from LG shows off the luxurious Watch Urbane

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 05:22 AM PDT

LG today released a new video for the LG Watch Urbane, illustrating just how far the company has progressed with regards to creating a "smart piece with luxurious design".

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Intel unveils smaller 3D depth camera for smartphones

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 05:14 AM PDT

Proud of how tough the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are, Samsung publishes its own drop test

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 05:14 AM PDT

The HTC One M9+ is official, comes with MediaTek processor and Quad HD display

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 04:52 AM PDT

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After a veritable drip-feed of almost daily leaks, HTC finally made the One M9+ official at its More Than One event held in Beijing. The M9+ has received an upgrade in specifications in some areas over the standard M9 (reviewed here), and we have more pictures and details after the break.


The HTC One M9+ has some of the qualities we have come to expect of an HTC flagship smartphone; namely the all-metal construction, the front-facing BoomSound speakers and the now-familiar design that has evolved from when it first appeared on the M7. The main changes involve moving from the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor to one developed by MediaTek and upgrading to a Quad HD display. This marks the first time that MediaTek has provided the grunt for HTC, albeit one that will likely remain a China exclusive. It's also HTC's first handset to feature a Quad HD display.


  • 5.2-Inch LCD with 2K resolution (2560 x 1440) 565ppi

  • MediaTek MT6795T (Helio) Octa-core processor @ 2.2GHz

  • 3GB RAM

  • Front-facing camera: 4MP UltraPixel

  • Rear-facing camera: 20MP Duo Camera

  • 32GB Internal Storage

  • Fingerprint sensor

  • LTE

  • 2,840mAh battery

  • Dimensions: 150.9 x 71.9 x 9.6mm

Despite the big unveiling, pricing and availability details remain unknown, although it is likely that the M9+ will only be offered in China. I'm sure I'm not the only one waiting to see how the MediaTek processor fares in the M9+.


Source: HTC

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HTC’s 5.2-inch One M9+ has a Quad HD display and a fingerprint scanner

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 04:22 AM PDT

The One M9+ is bigger and better than the regular One M9. Photo: HTC After months of rumors and speculation, HTC today made the One M9+ official at an event in Beijing. As expected, it's a slightly bigger — and in some cases slightly better — version of the flagship One M9, with a super-sharp Quad HD display, and a fingerprint scanner. The One M9+ looks almost identical to

The post HTC's 5.2-inch One M9+ has a Quad HD display and a fingerprint scanner appeared first on Cult of Android.

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LG giving away 4,000 LG G4s to test drive ahead of launch

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 04:20 AM PDT

Samsung to launch Galaxy S6 themes around April 10

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 03:43 AM PDT

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